Are you a huge fan of all things Disney? If so, you’re certainly not alone. It’s incredible that Disney can be enjoyed anywhere in the world, all one needs is a TV (or another device) and one of the movies. Yet for many, getting to experience that iconic Disney magic up close and personal is a dream come true. There are few better places on the planet to do just that, than at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando itself is a vacation mecca, offering more theme parks per square mile than anywhere else, while also featuring incredible resorts, spas, restaurants and more. Walt Disney World and Orlando paired together are a match made in vacation heaven.
For those who’ve never been to Walt Disney World, or perhaps haven’t been in quite some time, it’s useful to know ahead of time – Walt Disney World is enormous, and is constantly growing. Even if you went a mere three years ago, much has changed.
Navigating the parks is one thing, having to narrow down where to go, what to see and when, is a whole other challenge. A happy challenge nonetheless, and we’re here to help with that. We want to ensure you’ll have the perfect Disney vacation, so we’ve laid out some example itineraries combining time at Disney, along with time for relaxing and enjoying other aspects of Orlando. Trust us, you’re not going to feel relaxed after vacation if you spent all day, every day at Walt Disney World. Definitely schedule in some time to relax at your resort, or elsewhere.
Planning the Perfect Disney Vacation
5 Day 4 Night Itinerary Including 3 Days of Disney Park Hopping Tickets
For Disney enthusiasts, this is the ideal amount of vacation time. Walt Disney World is comprised of four different theme parks. Yes, four. So, to take it all in, three days at the Resort are needed.
You’ll also notice we used the term “park hopping tickets,” this is because having the ability to switch between the parks at any time during the day is awesome. You’ll be able to explore all four at your pace, deciding to return to favorite areas on later days if you so desire.
Day 1 – Resort
Arrive in Orlando, get settled into the resort. Even if you arrive in the morning, we recommend you use the first day as a rest, day, resort day, or maybe exploring Orlando day.
– Arrive, check-in to the resort, get settled
– Enjoy a relaxing lunch poolside
– Take a dip in the pool, enjoy water sports at the Lake Austin Pier
– Utilize the amenities of your resort
– Spa treatment
– Round of golf
– Nap in luxurious residential-style suites
– Dine in with a hot meal in your fully-appointed kitchen
– Or, go out for dinner in Orlando. List of recommendations here.
– Bedtime (kids), or a night-cap in the hotel bar.
Day 2 – Magic Kingdom
After a full or half day of relaxing in and around the resort, you’ll be geared up for the first day of Disney bliss.
– Quick breakfast at the resort OR book a table inside the Castle for breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Allowing you to get inside the park earlier.
– Grab your fast passes for the day, we recommend – Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain.
– Start going on rides
– Lunch, we recommend the pork shank at Gaston’s with a Dole Whip or Citrus Swirl for desert.
– As many more rides and experiences as your heart desires.
– If ready to relax and wind down, dinner at the resort.
– If energy levels are still going strong, head out of Magic Kingdom and over to Trader Sam’s in the Polynesian resort.
Insider Tip – Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, since there will be plenty of walking. It’s also wise to make an evening or early morning spa appointment for a foot, or even full body, massage to take the edge off.
Day 3 – EPCOT
– Breakfast at the resort bright and early to allow plenty of park time.
– Secure fast passes, we recommend Mission Space, Soarin’, and Spaceship Earth.
– If you need another morning snack or coffee, head to France for tasty treats.
– Go on rides intermittently.
– Lunch at the delicious and visually stimulating Moroccan Tangerine Cafe. Yummy dishes include lamb, falafel or shawarma wrap. Adult beverage option – Sultan’s Colada from a nearby stand.
– Enjoy shopping and meandering through the different countries.
– Tequila stop at La Cava de Tequila in Mexico. Also, you can ride the fun Mexico ride.
– Any other rides you haven’t done yet.
– More rides
– Dinner in EPCOT, we recommend heading to Canada to try the poutine, cheese soup, and the charcuterie board.
– Illuminations at 9 p.m, times vary.
– Head back to resort for a late night drink and/or dessert. Get some rest.
Day 4 – Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
Some new attractions this year: Pandora – The World of AVATAR, the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history, will feature floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and a Banshee flying attraction, as well as new after-dark entertainment.
– Breakfast at resort or a quick bite in Animal Kingdom.
– Immediately secure fast passes for the newest rides, as well as: Kilimanjaro Safari, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur.
– Check out Expedition Everest.
– Harambe Market in Africa for lunch, try the spiced beef flatbread sandwich. There’s also a delicious dessert at Tamu Tamu around the corner – Pineapple Whip spiked with dark rum.
– Head to Hollywood Studios, try to get fast passes – Tower of Terror, Rockin’ Rollercoaster, and Star Tours
– Spend the rest of the park time going to all of the incredible rides here. Indiana Jones is a must!
– Head to Disney Springs for dinner. Consider trying Raglan Road, The Boathouse or California Grill.
– Back to resort for a little early (or late depending on when you get back) pool time, arcade time, spa appointment, or any other activity your resort offers.
Day 5 – Resort
– Nice, relaxing, non-rushed resort breakfast.
– Pool, water park, spa, golf… whatever fun resort activities you haven’t gotten to yet! Such as shopping at Disney Springs .
Time to check out and head home!
Of course, this is just an example itinerary from us to you. You can plan your perfect Disney vacation getaway any way you please! This agenda was designed to help you maximize your time in the Disney Parks, while also having time to relax and enjoy the amenities of your resort.
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